(PCM) How is this for irony? On the eve of International Women’s Day one of the most famous landmarks in the U.S., the Statue Of Liberty went dark for a period of nearly two hours. Lady Liberty stands as a symbol of both freedom and acceptance and immediately social media was ablaze with commentary about the symbolism behind the statue losing her light.
CNN has just reported that the Statue of Liberty has gone dark tonight.
Power failure or social commentary?
— Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) March 8, 2017
The Statue of Liberty went dark and the timing is just too perfect pic.twitter.com/ff5YRbu88d
— Bob Smith Sr. (@BobbySmitty3) March 8, 2017
While the National Park service claims that what occurred was an “unplanned power outage” due to repair work that was being done in the area, it didn’t stop the internet from feeling that it was definitely a strange coincidence. The timing of the “power outage” occurred just shortly before the “A Day Without A Woman” campaign in support of International Woman’s Day was set to launch.
The “A Day Without A Woman” campaign calls for a general strike of female employees across the nation. According to Jezebel.com, the organizers say the strike is to recognize, “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system—while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.”
Many were joking that the Statue of Liberty was showing her solidarity to the movement! We suppose you could look at it that way or maybe it actually was nothing more that a oddly timed coincidence. Either way it was definitely a sight to see and not something that occurs very often!